On last night's episode of The Ezra Levant Show, I talked about my experience in the UK covering Tommy Robinson's latest court case suing the Cambridgeshire Constabulary for harassing him and his family in the summer of 2016.
Tommy had travelled up to Cambridge with a friend, and they had each brought their young kids to watch Luton play Cambridge at a pub.
That day, the police came into the pub and told Tommy: Leave now, or you’ll get arrested.
Tommy asked why; they didn’t answer; he asked again; they responded that if he kept asking, they’d arrest him by serving him with a “section 35 dispersal notice,” a fancy way of saying: being arrested for “anti-social behaviour.”
A lot of things did (and didn't) happen during this trial that left me feeling depressed, and angry.
So has the verdict: The judge ruled against Tommy, and not only did she throw out his lawsuit, but Tommy has to pay the lawyer for the police; and he has to pay the police themselves, a total of £38,000 pounds which is over CDN$60,000.
It's sad that the UK has allowed itself to be governed by laws that allow police to simply arrest anyone for anything at any time — for what future crimes they might “possibly” commit. Of course that’s going to be abused by bully cops.
But even sadder was the general political-media culture: that to the establishment — to lawyers, politicians, the media, the courts, everyone — having unrestricted police powers is just fine.
P.S. See all of Ezra Levant's reports at TommyTrial.com.